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Goal:

  • The TFCLC is a group united by the common concern over tobacco use in Lancaster County. The coalition works to improve the health of our residents by significantly reducing the use of tobacco products and exposure to tobacco smoke pollution. Our goals are to prevent young people from using tobacco, provide resources for people to quit tobacco use, and eliminate tobacco smoke pollution.

Lancaster County Priorities:

  • Adoption of tobacco-free parks and playgrounds policies
  • Smoke-free multi-unit housing policies
  • Tobacco-free campuses
  • Working with physicians to promote tobacco-free living

Lancaster County Data:

  • 13% - Adults who smoke
  • 17% - Youth who have ever smoked a cigarettes
  • 38% - Percent of municipalities that have tobacco-free parks and playgrounds policies

LiveWELL Lancaster County Initiatives:

  • Tobacco-Free Parks & Playgrounds
  • Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing
  • Tobacco-Free Workplace Campus Policy
  • Advise/Assess/Assist for Tobacco-Free Living

Get Involved

General

Workplaces

How You Can Help

  • Adopt a comprehensive tobacco-free worksite policy.
  • Offer employees free tobacco cessation classes
  • Adopt a policy on the non-hiring of tobacco users.
  • Adopt a comprehensive employee wellness program policy.
  • Establish a workplace wellness committee.
  • Participate in a community coalition addressing tobacco-free living.
  • Ensure education, resources, and referral information is available for tobacco users.
  • Negotiate contracts with health insurance providers to ensure tobacco cessation medications are provided at no or low-cost to tobacco users.

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Schools

How You Can Help

  • Ensure that your school provides comprehensive tobacco education to each student every year.
  • Ensure education, resources, and referral information are provided to students and staff who violate school tobacco policies.
  • Ensure policies include all tobacco products- not just cigarettes
  • Develop, make accessible, distribute, and enforce tobacco-free policies for staff, students, and visitors.
  • Participate in a community coalition addressing tobacco-free living.
  • Ensure that tobacco is part of the schools’ comprehensive school wellness policy.
  • Provide cessation resources and referrals to staff and students.

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Healthcare Providers

How You Can Help

  • Ask patients about tobacco use and advise patients to quit. Refer patients to tobacco dependence at every visit.
  • Assess patient for appropriate tobacco dependence treatment medication.
  • Stay current on latest TDT recommendations.
  • Become aware of the various types of tobacco products.
  • Encourage the use of the LiveWELL Lancaster County mobile application to track patient progress toward goals

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Communities

How You Can Help

  • Adopt a tobacco-free policy.
  • Organize a wellness council.
  • Establish tobacco-free living as a priority for your organization and provide leadership through consistent messaging.
  • Participate in a community coalition addressing tobacco-free living.
  • Advocate for tobacco-free play areas (i.e. Young Lungs at Play policies).
  • Offer tobacco cessation classes and/or make referrals to tobacco cessation resources.
  • Talk to your local legislators about protecting tobacco funding for prevention and treatment services.
  • Talk to your legislators about strengthening the CIAA.

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Government

How You Can Help

  • Deny requests of new retailers to sell tobacco.
  • Adopt a tobacco-free parks and playgrounds policy (such as Young Lungs at Play).
  • Adopt a policy that prohibits smoking in public housing.
  • Close the loop-hole on taxing other tobacco products.
  • Adopt a policy that establishes rental properties as tobacco-free.
  • Increase the tax on cigarettes.
  • Amend the State Clean Indoor Air Act to eliminate exemptions to the law.

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Individuals

How You Can Help

  • Advocate for Young Lungs at Play in your community.
  • Download mobile application and use it to improve health
  • Advocate for the elimination of exemptions to the Clean Indoor Air Act.
  • Advocate for comprehensive tobacco-free education, programs, and policies in your child’s school.
  • Join a community coalition addressing tobacco-free living.
  • Advocate for tobacco-free policies within your workplace.

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Colleges

How You Can Help

  • Adopt a tobacco-free policy.
  • Offer on-site tobacco cessation classes
  • Offer cessation medication through college-provided insurance
  • Download mobile application and use it to improve health

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